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National Day of Prayer: Prayer on Film

posted by Nell Minow

This lovely Sabbath scene from “Fiddler on the Roof” is inspired by a traditional Hebrew prayer.

  • jestrfyl

    This is an awesome and powerful moment in the film. It is so intimate and personal I almost feel like a voyeur when I see it. I believe that prayer is a private thing and that large spectacles diminish its power and chastising someone for not participating ignores its purpose. But moments like this in “Fiddler” underscores the way prayer can be the core of life for a family or any household of faith.

  • Adam

    Thank you for drawing attention to The National Day of Prayer. You can help call our nation to prayer by posting this prayer request to your blog’s side panel.

  • Nell Minow

    Jestrfyl, as always, I very much appreciate your thoughtful insights. I love this scene for just the reasons you describe, the intimate, heartfelt sincerity of the prayer and the way it is integrated into the family’s daily life. I also thought it was important, on a very public “Day of Prayer” that is explicitly organized to “mobilize the Christian community” to recognize the importance of prayer as a private, personal connection to God that extends beyond Christianity.

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